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Hugging Meditation

Hugging Meditation. Vidya Sury

I am writing this between fevers and yes, I am always amazed over the clarity that sweeps in at this time. Probably because I know this window is shortlived. The ‘flu is like that. One has to go through the process before healing begins.

For the past four days, I’ve been off the “grid” as I know it. While I’d normally fret over checking emails, meeting work deadlines and all sorts of other worries, this time I just let it flow. The weather contributed to the ennui by alternating between being wet and pouring in torrents. Since my husband and I were both down with the flu we did not venture outside and instead chose to simply lay down and rest, taking our medication, eating when we could and turning the television on for company. Neither of us could keep our eyes open for long and neither could speak thanks to a throat infection.

I am sitting up today. I have my eyes open. I know I’ll get into bed when I feel the fever coming, but until then, I am at peace.

So, as part of MondayMusings, I’d like to share with you a lovely mindfulness practice from the book “Peace is every step – the path of mindfulness in everyday life” by Thich Nhat Hanh.

I am not sure if I am a spiritual person, but I do know I love simple mindfulness practices; if there’s one thing I believe in, it is living in the present moment.

Today I’d like to share “Hugging Meditation” with you.

Don’t you love the sound of that? We all enjoy ending our conversations with “hugs!”. I know I do! There’s something wonderful about holding a person close with warmth and affection.

Thich Nhat Hanh says, “ When you hold a child in your arms, or hug your mother, or your husband, or your friend, if you breathe in and out three times, your happiness will be multiplied at least tenfold.”

Being distracted takes away the depth of the hug and becomes a fleeting routine.

Here’s how to truly enjoy hugging meditation:

First, breathe in and out consciously and allow yourself to focus on the present moment. Be present.

Then, when you hug your child/spouse/friend, breathe in and out thrice, again, consciously. You will enjoy it better.

Of course not everyone is comfortable hugging like this – in fact, one of my closest friends laughingly resists with her arm held out in front of her. Not that we do not hug or anything, but she will never be the one to initiate it!

My best friend, however, is a different type of hugger. She holds me close, inhales, then gently leans in and rests her cheek on my head – hey, she’s tall! And we just meld for those few moments, breathing.

There’s a lot to be said about breathing, besides being essential for living, of course. Conscious breathing unites the body and mind and awakens your appreciation of everything related to that moment. It is almost mesmerising in a nice way.

Alternately, doing things absentmindedly? Not the same thing. Why, you may not even remember the moment, much as you try.

So, open your arms, open your heart, receive love.

When I think of hugging meditation, my mind is filled with all sorts of happy feelings – probably because of think of hugging all the people I love.

Try it and tell me what you think.

Hugging meditation Vidya Sury

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11 Comments

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    Shantala
    November 17, 2015 at 12:51 am

    Hugging meditation – yes I do love the sound of that. And you lady, are on a level of zen that I can only admire from a distance (hope to achieve it some day though), as you can write such beautiful posts while recovering from fever.When I have fever, moving around or even sitting up is an accomplishment. 😛
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    Darla M Sands
    November 17, 2015 at 7:13 am

    I will try the extended hug! It seems awesome.
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    Debbie D.
    November 17, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Best wishes to you and husband for a speedy recovery, Vidya. Hope you get as much rest as you need!

    Generally, I’m not big on physical contact, except with my husband, and we do enjoy hugging. 🙂 Next time, I’ll try it with the breathing exercise.
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    Vinitha
    November 17, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Get well soon, Vidya. I think, wee keralites, are not that big on hugging. But after I had my kid, I’m always hugging. In fact, my son sometimes ask for deep hugs. It is so soothing. 🙂
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    anks
    November 17, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Take care Vidya… hope you get better soon!! I used to be a non hugger but am a convert now!! Hugs are the best!!!
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    Damyanti
    November 18, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Mindful hugging. Yes.

    Get well soon, Vidya!

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    Amin Shah
    November 18, 2015 at 7:20 am

    I pray for you quick recovery. It is really inspiring article hugging increases love as we believe why don’t hugg our near dears.you are absolutely right it gives happiness. I always hugg my friends and enjoy the whole day.thanks for sharing it.
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    Rajlakshmi
    November 18, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Oh I love hugs 😀 and I am quite known for my “crushing” hugs 😉 that moment of warmth, peace and love is indeed meditative.
    Take care… get well soon.
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    Susan
    November 18, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Sending you 7 huge hugs Vidya and I hope that you and yr husband are completely recovered 😀💕💕
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      Vidya Sury
      November 20, 2015 at 9:25 am

      7 is a divine number – thank you Susan. We’re waiting for recovery – the cough is the worst! The weather is not helping us any! 🙂
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    My Inner Chick
    November 20, 2015 at 9:16 am

    ****She holds me close, inhales, then gently leans in and rests her cheek on my head***

    LOVE that hug!

    Love you more than 6 ebony panthers lounging in the fields of Kisumu. xxxxx
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